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Ricky Taylor Scores CTMP Pole

Ricky Taylor becomes first repeat Prototype pole-sitter of 2015…



Ricky Taylor will start Sunday’s Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix from the pole following a quick lap by the second-generation driver in qualifying this evening at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Taylor put the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP on top with a 1:07.705 lap, edging out the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP of Christian Fittipaldi by 0.201 seconds.

It marked Ricky Taylor’s second pole of the season and the team’s third, as the Taylor brothers look to rebound following a race-ending accident last month at Watkins Glen.

Scott Pruett qualified his Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford DP in third, ahead of points leader Michael Valiante in the Racing Corvette DP and the No. 31 Action Express Corvette DP of Eric Curran, who completed the top-five.

The No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda, which topped two of the three practice sessions by Ozz Negri, qualified sixth in the hands of John Pew.

The top-six in the Prototype class were separated by just over one second.

James French scored his second Prototype Challenge class pole of the season, thanks to a late flyer by the Performance Tech Motorsports driver.

French reeled off a 1:12.667 late in the 15-minute session, bumping the No. 11 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09 of Chris Cumming, who had held provisional pole for the majority of the session.

The 23-year-old becomes the first repeat polesitter in the spec prototype class this season. He’ll share the wheel of the No. 38 car with Conor Daly tomorrow.

Jon Bennett qualified an impressive third in class in his CORE autosport entry, with Mike Guasch (PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports) and Mikhail Goikhberg (JDC/Miller Motorsports) completing the top-five.

The Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix gets underway Sunday at 12:05 p.m. ET.

RESULTS: Qualifying

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John


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